Niger BSC Certificate

SCK Representation is the official agent for arranging Niger BSC (ECTN) certificates, which are required for all shipments with Niger as the final destination. To obtain a Niger BSC certificate you can start the process by sending PDF copies of the required documents to us or simply filling out the form yourself. If your freight is in transit via Abidjan, Ivory Coast, you will only need a Niger BSC certificate. If the port of discharge is indicated as Lagos, Nigeria, or Tema, Ghana, on the bill of lading, no additional BESC/ECTN certificate is required.

Niger is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. The capital and largest city is Niamey. The official language is French, and the population is around 23 million. Niger has a diverse culture with influences from the indigenous tribes, European colonizers, and the African diaspora.

As per the circular letter (Decree N° 2013-465/PRN/MT) released on November 15, 2013, the Niger BESC certificate has to be issued for all shipments with Niger arrival.

BESC is a French shortening of ‘Bordereau électronique de Suivi de Cargaison’, translated as ‘Electronic Cargo Tracking Note’ (ECTN) in English.

Niger is a landlocked country, and an additional BESC/ECTN certificate will be required depending on the arrival country of the shipment. For the goods in transit through Cotonou (Benin) and Lome (Togo), shippers also need to obtain an additional ECTN certificate. There is no requirement for a loading certificate for the freights via Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

How can you get a Niger BSC certificate?

The following documents are required for the Niger BESC certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be made with draft copy)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice (it is not necessary if the freight value is indicated on Commercial Invoice)
  • Customs Declaration

To start the certification process, you should share PDF copies of the documents through [email protected]. There is no need to send hard copies for the issuance of BSC certificates. However, please be sure to share the final documents, which will not have any more amendments later in the process. A penalty fee will occur for the modifications after validating the certificates.

How long does it take to get approval?

Once you provide all the required documents, a draft of the BESC certificate will be shared with your side. Next, we need your confirmation on the draft and payment. Afterwards, the certificate will be submitted for the approval of Nigerian authorities. This process usually takes a few days, but a week should be expected in planning.

If your freight is in transit via Abidjan (Ivory Coast), you do not need to get an Ivory Coast BSC certificate. Ivory Coast BSC is only required for importing goods. Therefore, you only need to issue a Niger BESC certificate for your shipment.

What is BSC?

BSC – Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison is another name for a waiver document, also known as an ECTN.

Do I need to get a BSC document if the shipment is in transit through Benin to Niger?

Two different certificates—the Niger BSC and the Benin BESC—must be obtained for a shipment going via Benin on its way to Niger.

Do I have to mention the Niger BSC number on the Bill of Lading?

Yes. Two steps make up the Niger BSC validation procedure. First, the certificate is pre-validated, and the shipper is given the BSC number. Then, to validate the certificate, we need a copy of the original Bill of Lading with the BSC number.

Can I use the same BSC number for various shipments?

No, BSC is unique and limited to a single shipment. Every cargo needs its own BSC number that has been verified.

Which name should be indicated on the bill of lading as a discharge port?

Cotonou (Benin) and Lome (Togo) are the ports mainly preferred for the imports which are transited to Niger, and these ports handle maritime traffic of Niger. Cotonou (Benin) is an important waypoint for the Republic of Niger. If the port of discharge is indicated as Lagos (Nigeria) or Tema (Ghana)  on the bill of lading, there is no need to issue a BESC/ECTN certificate for these countries. Shippers will only need a BESC certificate for the Republic of Niger.

For more information and document samples, please contact our team via [email protected].

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